LASEK in Northeast Pennsylvania

LASEK (Laser Epithelial Keratomileusis) is an alternative to LASIK eye surgery that is usually performed on patients whose corneas are too thin for LASIK. The LASEK procedure preserves the thin top layer of your cornea (called the “epithelium”) by removing it from the surface of your eye before applying the laser vision correction. Once the correction has been applied, the epithelium is replaced.

For more information about your laser vision correction options, please call Northeastern Eye Institute at 855-204-6888 today. Our eye doctors and staff serve patients throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA), including Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, and other communities, from 15 convenient locations.

If your corneas are too thin or too steep for LASIK, our experienced eye surgeons can determine if LASEK or PRK would be a good alternative procedure for you. LASEK can provide you with the same great results as LASIK, but it does require a longer healing period. Many people who are not candidates for LASIK choose the Visian ICL for vision correction instead.


LASIK, LASEK, and PRK are all very similar vision correction procedures. In order to better understand what makes each one unique, it helps to see their fundamental differences side by side.


In LASIK, a flap is created in your cornea to allow the laser energy to be applied directly to the inner layer of your eye. The flap is then replaced and serves as a kind of natural bandage, allowing for fast healing.


LASEK also uses a corneal flap, but one that is much thinner than LASIK’s and only involves the epithelium (topmost layer).


In PRK, no flap is created at all. Instead, the laser energy is applied directly to your eye’s surface. The epithelium is completely removed during by the laser during this process, and eventually grows back on its own.

Schedule a consultation

Please contact Northeastern Eye Institute online or call us at our primary office in Scranton at (570) 342-3145 or toll-free at 855-204-6888 today to discuss your vision correction options in greater detail. Dr. Chris Jordan and Dr. Tom Boland, both Board Certified ophthalmologists and refractive surgeons, perform LASIK, LASEK and PRK. We serve patients in Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Hazleton, and throughout NEPA.

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Hugo H

Great place. Clean and professional office. Dr. Jordan is a fantastic doctor. I got cataract surgery on both eyes and it changed my life 100%. Great staff. Highly recommend this practice.

J.B. Wright

I suffered from a corneal abrasion suddenly while I was in town for business. The group was very responsive in getting back to me and squeezing me in on the same day. They recently incorporated a new computer system and I can see the benefits to that implementation. It made the check-in process very easy and quick. Dr. Fox was attentive and compassionate to my problem. She prescribed my prescription and laid out a clear path for me to take as soon as I flew home. Thank you to the team!

Wilma Mitchell

I had cataract surgery and it went fantastic! All the staff were very professional and helpful. Dr Jordan made me feel very comfortable. I can see so much better. I am even driving at nite, which was a big issue. Highly recommend them!

Michele Keating

Great job by intake person for Dr William Jordan today. I was not able to get her name I just had surgery on my knee a few days prior to the visit and was in a great amount of discomfort She was kind and accommodating to me in every way and was very patient with me and helpful

Willie Schumacher

Northeast eye is fantastic. I had 2 cataracts removed and new lens put in. Everyone was polite, efficient, and helpful. Dr Frattali is great. Very detailed, very reassuring and even quietly sang while operating on my eyes. No discomfort. I felt well cared for and informed the entire time. Would highly recommend them. I left there not having to wear glasses for now. I look forward to their follow up.

Harold Cameron

I always receive outstanding eye care when I go to the Northeastern Eye Institute in Scranton. The staff are pleasant and helpful. Dr. Arthur Jordan Jr. always provides the highest quality of eye care for me. I am very pleased with NE Eye and will continue to go there for my vision needs.

Thomas Glasspool

They did a great job with my Lasik procedure. They were polite and professional and kept me informed during the whole process. I was able to schedule my Lasik the same week I had my evaluation.

Art Jordan

Northeastern Eye Institute is one of the best eye care practices in the area, every time I go there the staff is friendly, considerate and helpful. When I'm with my doctor he listens to my concerns, and explains to me, so I can understand, the issues I was having with my eyes. Unlike other doctors who have rushed through my visit as if I were on a assembly line. I would highly recommend Northeastern Eye to anyone who is looking for an eye doctor.

Barbara Holder

Had an appointment last week with Dr.Walsh.. she was awesome ..All the office staff was masked and they had hand sanitizer around the office.when I paid with my credit card they even sanitized it before giving it back to me.. the lady that helped me pick out my frames was very friendly and knowledgeable about the frames that would look nice on me .the whole process from checking in and picking frames out to sitting down to place my order took under 90 minutes. Will definitely recommend them to people

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LASEK Recovery

Recovering from LASEK is slower than LASIK recovery. Although the flap will heal in about a day, your eyes may feel irritated for a few days afterward, and it can often take up to a week before you see your final results. However, every patient heals differently, and studies have shown that LASEK is associated with quicker recovery of nerve function and sensation on the surface of your eye compared to LASIK. It may also result in less issues with dry eye syndrome.

If you have been told that you’re not a good candidate for LASIK, there are still several ways you can achieve excellent vision without dependence on glasses or contact lenses. The best way to find out if LASEK or another alternative is right for you is to come in for a personal consultation.


LASIK is a procedure that reshapes your cornea with a laser in order to correct your vision. This procedure is highly effective at treating refractive vision errors such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.

IntraLase-initiated LASIK uses the IntraLase Femtosecond laser to complete the first step of the LASIK procedure. This technology has significantly improved the safety and predictability of LASIK by replacing the hand-held oscillating microkeratome blade historically used in creating the corneal flap. The IntraLase laser has also been proven to provide for better than 20/20 visual outcomes, even among Custom/Wavefront patients. Today, the IntraLase laser is the technology of choice among the nation’s leading LASIK surgeons and ophthalmic teaching institutions.

Custom LASIK generally refers to individualized visual diagnosis with technology called “wavefront,” which allows for customized, personalized treatment with the excimer laser. Many LASIK surgeons combine Custom treatments and IntraLase. In fact, new data reveals that the IntraLase laser helps Custom LASIK deliver on its promise of better visual outcomes beyond 20/20 to 20/15 and 20/12.5.

Yes. LASIK is one of the safest surgical procedures performed, and it has an extremely high success rate. According to the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, 96% of LASIK patients achieve 20/20 vision or better.

Clinical studies confirm that patients achieve better vision with IntraLase-initiated LASIK. Data shows:

  • More patients achieve 20/20 or better vision with IntraLase-initiated LASIK.
  • Patients stating a preference preferred the post-operative vision of their IntraLase-treated eye 3-to-1 over their blade-treated eye.
  • IntraLase creates fewer high- and low-order aberrations, associated with night glare and halos.
  • IntraLase patients have a reduced incidence of post-operative dry eye symptoms.
  • IntraLase patients required fewer enhancement procedures following LASIK.
  • The precision of the IntraLase flap significantly reduces the incidence of post-operative induced astigmatism as compared to a microkeratome-created flap.

Complications associated with LASIK are extremely rare. However, all surgical procedures are associated with some degree of risk and LASIK is no exception. Potential complications may include:

  • Dry eyes
  • Infection
  • Over or under correction
  • Glare and halos
  • Flap complications

It’s important to understand that by using the most advanced LASIK technology, you’ll significantly improve the predictability and accuracy of your procedure, making these risks highly unlikely to occur.

The procedure itself is painless. Patients may experience a slight pressure sensation during the procedure. Some patients may experience discomfort for a day or two following the procedure.

In order to conclusively determine whether you’re a LASIK candidate, you’ll need to undergo an evaluation with one of our ophthalmologists. But in general, candidates for LASIK:

  • Are over the age of 18
  • Have a stable vision prescription for at least one year prior to surgery
  • Have healthy corneas
  • Would like to correct a refractive vision error such as nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism
  • Have thick enough corneas to accommodate the creation of a LASIK flap

If our ophthalmologists determine that you’re not an ideal LASIK candidate, you will most likely be able to undergo an alternative procedure that will achieve comparable results.

Laser vision correction at Northeastern Eye Institute is very affordable. The price depends upon the procedure that our surgeon recommends. The price can start at $2,000 per eye. You can also take advantage of long-term patient financing or 0% financing. You will be provided further information about these financing options during your consultation. Financing is subject to credit approval.